Local teen to represent US in Fiji swim meet

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Phoebe Bacon, 16, of Chevy Chase to represent U.S. in Fiji swim meet. COURTESY PHOTOPhoebe Bacon, 16, of Chevy Chase to represent U.S. in Fiji swim meet. COURTESY PHOTO  In many ways, 16-year-old Phoebe Bacon is like many kids her age. The Chevy Chase native is learning how to drive and is looking at potential colleges as she heads into her junior year of high school.

In one big way, though, Bacon is different. In the pool, Bacon, who swims for Nation’s Capital Swim Club at its American University site, has become one of the best young swimmers in the country. After a stellar meet at last month’s U.S. Nationals in Irvine, California, Bacon will represent the United States in at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji from Aug. 23 to Aug. 27. The meet brings together many of the top swimmers ages 13 to 18 from non-European countries around the world, including Australia, Canada and Japan.

Bacon qualified based on her performance in the 100-meter backstroke, a race in which she finished fourth in the finals, in 59.31 seconds. That time was a little off her preliminary swim of 59.12, which is the second-fastest U.S. performance ever in the 15-16 age group. It was the first time she had been under a minute in the event.

“The time in prelims I was really happy with that,” Bacon said. “Going into finals I gained a little bit, but I was still so happy that I was under a minute twice in a day, which I thought was awesome.”


RM defeats defending champion Oakdale in summer hoops semifinals

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Oakdale Bears vs. Richard Montgomery RocketsROCKVILLE — The Richard Montgomery Rockets dethroned the defending champion Oakdale Bears of Frederick County on Tuesday by a score of 47-33 in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League semifinals to set up a date against the Good Counsel Falcons just 24 hours later in the championship game.

The second-seeded Bears took the court without a few of their top scorers and the Rockets took full advantage. Richard Montgomery’s Henok Kassahun (10 points) and Djordje Orcev (14 points) both earned all of their buckets in the second half. Ryan Cornish added another 10 points and registered nearly double-digit assists and rebounds.

While the game stayed close in the first half, the second half proved to be Oakdale’s undoing, since the Bears managed only free throws for five straight minutes.


With G-Burg defeat, Good Counsel heads to summer league championship

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Gaithersburg Trojans vs. Good Counsel FalconsROCKVILLE — “Earn your spot.”

That’s the phrase Good Counsel head coach Anthony Guy repeated to his players over and over throughout the summer season as the Good Counsel Falcons participated in the Maryland Elite Summer Basketball League.

The Falcons took that motto to heart on Tuesday and earned their spot in Wednesday’s championship finals by soundly defeating the top-seeded Gaithersburg Trojans 62-39 at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Daniel Pearl Memorial Gymnasium.

Evident on the court was another of Guy’s mantras: “strength in numbers.” With a handful of key players missing the semifinals game due to other commitments, Falcons like RJ Floyd (17 points) and Bez Mbeng (19 points) made short work of the Trojans to ensure Good Counsel never relinquished its comfortable lead.


D.C. United defeat North Carolina FC, aiming for US Open Cup

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DC United forward Bruno Miranda wins the header, throwing North Carolina FC defender Peabo Doue off balance as DC United's Paul Arriola follows on to the ball. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEDC United forward Bruno Miranda wins the header, throwing North Carolina FC's Peabo Doue off balance as DC United's Paul Arriola follows the ball.  PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  BOYDS — Survive and advance.

That was the scenario the D.C. United pro soccer team faced Tuesday against unfamiliar opponents, North Carolina FC, at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

Goalie David Ousted was one of the heroes in D.C. United’s 4-3 victory in penalty kicks over North Carolina FC as the Major League Soccer club moved a step closer to a championship.

Ousted held the line against North Carolina FC to help D.C. United advance in the 2018 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup after the teams played to a 1-1 draw in regulation.

“He’s a good goalie,” said D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen. “He knows what he’s doing back there.”


WJ makes state record in cross country, MoCo runners sweep 4A individual titles

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Green NakasakaSeen here in earlier races, Abbey Green led the WJ Lady Wildcats to a fifth state championship win while Adam Nakasaka repeated his winning performance from last week’s regionals to lead the B-CC Barons to a fourth-place finish. FILE PHOTOS

A Montgomery County cross country team made a new state record and three county athletes finished their high school careers as state champions in the 5-kilometer run Saturday.

The Walter Johnson High School girls cross country team overcame the loss of two top runners (who were both injured before Saturday’s meet) to win their fifth consecutive state championship – a state record according to the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.

WJ head coach Tom Martin told the Sentinel that during a Friday night team meeting, he warned the healthy portion of his squad that they would have to run faster to win the race. But his team rose to the occasion, as the Lady Wildcats’ score of 83 points was sufficient to claim the state 4A crown.

Walter Johnson senior Janet Scott said she and her teammates each had to put in extra effort during their races to get the win.

“It’s been a lot of challenges, but it’s been a lot of us coming together and working really hard,” she said.


WJ, Whitman take MoCo cross country titles

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DSC 8747WJ Lady Wildcats' Abbey Green aids teammate Janet Scott. Green finished first in the girls cross country championships for Montgomery County, 47 seconds ahead of Scott in second place . PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  

GAITHERSBURG — The Walter Johnson High School varsity girls and the Walt Whitman varsity boys cross country teams each finished with the lowest amount of points overall, earning them the championship trophies.

The Montgomery County varsity boys and girls county 5 kilometer individual champions were not unfamiliar faces.

Two seniors – Poolesville’s Ryan Lockett (15 minutes and 32 seconds), the county’s 2016 runner-up and 3A state champion, and Walter Johnson’s Abbey Green (17:57), two-time county champion (2015, 2016) and 2016 4A state runner-up – won their respective races.

“It was close the entire race,” Lockett said.

For the girls team, Walter Johnson head coach Tom Martin said the girls work together well. This year was Walter Johnson's fourth consecutive County title.

“Our four seniors have been good – they’ve done this plenty of times, they know what they have to do, and when it comes down to this time of year, they’re a good group at figuring out what they have to do in a race, where they have to be to be successful,” Martin said.


Oakdale edges out Springbrook to win basketball championship 69-6

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MPI mdelite 0024Springbrook’s Peace Addo (8) and Cameron Rucker (11) move to block Oakdale’s Drew Jezioro (3) as he attempts a layup. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE — Thursday’s championship game of the Maryland Elite Summer Varsity League pitted the Springbrook Blue Devils (7-3) against Frederick County’s Oakdale Bears (9-1). Despite a 28-point performance by Delano Jessup, Springbrook fell to Oakdale, 69-68.

Springbrook head coach Darnell Meyers viewed the loss through a positive lens. Pointing out that two of his starters, Matthew Blanc and Anthony Thomas, were missing.

“The young kids stepped up and did a great job,” said Meyers. “We should’ve won, we missed a lot of free throws, but that’s what summer league is for, it’s a chance to grow.”


Big Train wins second consecutive Cal Ripken League title

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JGS 4281Closing pitcher Stephen Schoch is surrounded by teammates after the Bethesda Big Train defeat the Baltimore Redbirds 4-2 in the Cal Ripken League Championship game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH   BETHESDA – The Bethesda Big Train won the 2017 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Championship for the second year in a row Sunday night after beating the Baltimore Redbirds 4-2.

The Baltimore Redbirds won the previous Game Two in Baltimore to force a winner-takes-all Game Three at Shirley Povich Field Sunday. The Bethesda Big Train came through with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Big Train pitcher Tyler Smith appeared dominant on the mound, getting three consecutive batters out in each of the first three innings


MoCo native Keemaan Diop wins American Muay Thai League championship

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Keemaan Diop Muay Thai champ 2Keemaan Diop is declared the winner of the American Muay Thai League championship. PHOTO BY NIKKI PUCCIO  

Cheers erupted from the crowds as the referee grabbed the arm of Montgomery County local Keemaan (pronounced “k?y?-m?n”) Diop and raised it high in the air. The referee then wrapped around Diop’s waist the championship belt for the American Muay Thai League’s 147lb weight division.

Diop defeated Brian O’Halloran from Capital MMA with an astonishing kick to the head, leaving O’Halloran screaming in pain on the canvas in the semi-final round. Then, a unanimous decision against Stephen Nguyen from Lotus Thai Boxing-Fairfax in the finals to marked the end of his amateur matches and the start of his pro career.

“After a win, I like to say I added another brick to building my dream. It’s a great memory. Now it’s on to the next,” Diop said.

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